NM Libraries to Complete ACRL Survey 2017

The Association of College & Research Libraries has opened its annual survey. All New Mexico academic libraries are encouraged to submit the 2017 ACRL survey. When NM academic libraries submit the survey, it becomes possible to compare data across institutions and view data trends over time. Survey data is useful when we need to justify a General Obligation (GO) bond for libraries, when we require additional data to supplement needs assessments, and when we want to advocate for resources or funding within our own institutions. We are empowered to make better decisions when we have access to better data.

The 2017 survey deadline is February 28, 2018. Libraries are asked to report on data collected during the previous fiscal year (including staff salaries, materials expenditures, operations and maintenance expenditures, library collections, circulation, and library services).

In 2016 the following NM institutions submitted the ACRL Survey:

  • Clovis Community College
  • College of the Southwest
  • Eastern New Mexico University
  • Eastern New Mexico University – Roswell
  • Institute of American Indian Arts
  • Navajo Technical College
  • New Mexico Highlands University
  • New Mexico State University
  • New Mexico State University – Carlsbad
  • New Mexico State University – Dona Ana
  • New Mexico State University – Grants
  • Saint John’s College
  • San Juan College
  • Santa Fe Community College
  • University of New Mexico
  • Western New Mexico University

Sixteen institutions completed the survey in 2016, which is up from 13 institutions in 2015. Let’s increase this number in 2017.

If you are interested in completing the 2017 survey and you have not received a survey invitation, please contact acrlsupport@countingopinions.com to request a username and password. Participation is free and only one survey per institution is necessary.

Samantha Rich is the Assessment & Data Management Librarian at New Mexico State University. Samantha chairs New Mexico Library Association’s Assessment & Statistics SIG. [All questions regarding the ACRL survey should be directed to acrlsupport@countingopinions.com.]

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